Euphorbia (generic name)

treats Epilepsy, Chronic bronchitis, Eczema, and Inflammation
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Dosing

Adults (over 18 years old)

A 50 milligram tablet of pulverized plant administered three times daily for two to six weeks has been taken by mouth to treat both wet and dry eczema.

Children (under 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose of euphorbia in children.

Safety

DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.

Allergies

Allergy or hypersensitivity to inhalation of pollen from Euphorbia fulgens Karw has been documented, but there is no relation to the toxic substances in the milk-sap of the Euphorbiaceae family.

Side Effects and Warnings

In general, the sap from euphorbia can cause contact dermatitis and injury to the eye. Euphorbia should be handled with caution using gloves and eye protection. Euphorbia may also irritate or affect the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and cause nausea and vomiting.

Euphorbia may enhance African Burkitt's lymphoma and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Use cautiously in these patients, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Euphorbia is not recommended in pregnant and breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.

Interactions

Interactions with Drugs

Euphorbia may interact with anticonvulsant medications or devitalizing agents. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, before combining any therapies.

Euphorbia has potential antitussive (preventing or relieving cough) effects, and may increase the effect or side effects if taken with other antitussive agents. Caution is advised.

Theoretically, euphorbia may interact with other hormone-regulating agents. Examples include menopausal agents or birth control pills.

Interactions with Herbs & Dietary Supplements

Euphorbia may interact with herbs or supplements that have anticonvulsant effects or devitalizing effects. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, before combining any therapies.

Euphorbia has potential antitussive (preventing or relieving cough) effects, and may increase the effect or side effects if taken with other antitussive herbs or supplements. Caution is advised.

The aqueous leaf extract of Euphorbia hirta may decrease the effect of castor oil-induced diarrhea.

Theoretically, euphorbia may interact with other hormone-regulating herbs and supplements, such as black cohosh or St. John's wort.

Attribution

This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer-reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com): Tracee Rae Abrams, PharmD (University of Rhode Island); Heather Boon, B.Sc.Phm, PhD (Toronto CAM Research Network); Mary Giles, PharmD (University of Rhode Island); Catherine DeFranco Kirkwood, MPH, CCCJS-MAC (MD Anderson Cancer Center); Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH. (Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing); Adrianne Rogers, MD (Boston University); Anneli Savinainen, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Jen Woods, BS (Northeastern University).

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